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10 ways to use Facebook to your advantage

Most of you, if not all of you, probably already have a Facebook page. Whether you only use a personal page, or have both a personaland a professional page, here are ways to maximize the potential of this wonderful tool:

1. First and foremost, having a Facebook page allows others easy access to you or your business. A quick search of your name on Facebook, or via Google, will likely reveal your Facebook pages. If you also have a website, Facebook is a great tool for promoting your site, as well as any changes or updates on your website, such as new class schedules, new articles, new pictures, etc.

2. Whether it be on your personal or on your professional Facebook page, select a great picture of you for your profile picture (preferably a professional head shot) that reflects who you are, and that shows you in your best light.  

3. Invite your class participants and other contacts to join you on Facebook! Tell them you would be honored to have them connect with you on Facebook. This will enable you to establish a rapport with them outside of class, and to learn more about them. At the very least, it allows you to learn their names, their birth date, and some of their interests.

4. Offer a variety of posts on a regular basis. Use your status to promote your classes, the workshops that you provide, your new playlists, and so on. However, avoid making every post about work. Keep it professional, but also share things about your everyday life, non-related to fitness. It can be anything from sharing your favorite latte beverage, to the latest movie you watched (and liked or disliked).

5. Stay in contact with your Facebook followers and friends on a regular basis: “Like” their posts, learn something about them though a picture or a post (children, pets), wish them Happy Birthday on their special day, congratulate them about something or ask about why you haven’t seen them in class in a while, and so on.

6. Make use of the Facebook page of the fitness facility you work at. This will give you even greater exposure, rather than only using your personal Facebook page. Do so by promoting your classes (new class, different playlist, exciting choreography, new time slot, and so forth), or events (ex: Zumba marathon). This can be useful to you, to the people in your classes, and to the gym.

7. “Share” or post useful information relating to workouts and health. That being said, if you post an article or a blog, make sure the source is reliable. The information you share is a reflection on you, so you don’t want to recommend something that isn’t worthy of the industry or that could lead to an injury (ex: an unsafe exercise).

8. Use your Facebook page to create a community, and help fellow instructors and peers grow. By helping each other, everyone wins. Promote another instructor’s class, say something nice about a colleague, etc. Also, get inspired by fitness colleagues and presenters that you respect and admire. Personally, I love to stay connected with Petra Kolber and Lawrence Biscontini. They do amazing work with Social Media. You can learn from everyone!

9. If you can’t commit to your Facebook page, close your account. It is better to not have a Facebook account than to have one without being truly invested in it. Make sure the people following you know and understand what’s in it for them. Make it as much about THEM as you can.

10. Always remember, what’s most important is how you make people feel. Avoid any negativity on your page and foster admiration and a sense of being a part of something great. Be humble and generous with everyone around you (online or in life).

 

For Maya Angelou said it best: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Why Group Fitness Works

There’s nothing like a great fitness class to get you to the gym and keep you coming back for more. Discover why Group Fitness works.

6 Things to Consider Before Becoming a Fitness Pro

A fitness career can be very rewarding, but there's much more to becoming a successful trainer than most people know. 

SEVEN REASONS TO EXERCISE IN A GROUP

There are a lot of benefits to exercising as a group. Read more to find out what. 

MOVEMENT PAIRS

Welcome to the third installment of our balanced body series featuring pairs of seemingly contradictory movement patterns. When used together, these groupings have the power to help you sculpt a body that both looks and actually is, completely balanced.

The first set: stability/mobility. “Mobility and stability must work hand in hand in order for the body to function properly, but sometimes joints can end up being too stable and rigid or too mobile and weak,” says Lisa Wheeler, senior creative manager for group fitness who co-designed these moves with her counterpart Lashaun Dale, “You want to strike a perfect balance so the body can move more efficiently and without injury, which is why I think it’s always important to counteract a primarily stabilizing movement with a mobile one.” The pairing in the slideshow above focuses on stabilizing the scapula and core and mobilizing the spine.

To read more, go to Q.equinox.com.

PETRA KOLBER: QIGNITION CREATIVE DIRECTOR

If you had asked me just over a year ago if I was looking to be part of a pre-choreographed dance program, I would have said “no.” If you had asked me if I felt we were losing the heritage of group fitness I would have said “yes.” If you had asked me, “Do you think we can improve upon the teaching skills that come along with teaching freestyle (where instructors create their own material)” I would have said “yes”. Lisez la suite de ce billet sur Qignition.com.